October 6, 2005
by Amy Diaz
It takes a strong voice
to sing softly.
On Cru, Seu Jorge turns
in tracks that lull and romance you with warm, seductive melodies played
without hurry. Frequently supported by little more than a guitar and a
beat as gentle as champagne bubbles, Jorge manages to prevent his love
songs (or frequently just songs that sound lovely) from ever sounding
wispy or insubstantive. A cover of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t” is bare and
quiet but still solid — Jorge’s voice moves like molasses.
Other songs like the
standout “Eu Sou Favela” bring in the barest of samba beats. In that
particular track, the lively nature of the Rio slums is translated into
sort of a Sunday morning stillness, with beats sounding almost like
ambient noises and Jorge’s voice (more up-tempo in this song) serving as
a tour through his neighborhood.